Applying urban analytics to exploring sustainable infrastructure design, infrastructure operation and adaptation to climate change and hazards. Including various sources of user-generated and crowd-sourced data, methods and algorithms for studying point and line-based critical infrastructure systems and infrastructure systems-of-systems, including applying data-driven methods and high-resolution land use analysis.
Superblocks as an innovative and unconventional urban transformation strategy to create pedestrian-centric neighbourhoods and facilitate alternative street use such as urban greening, pedestrian or cycling. Assessing unconventional urban design approaches to tackle the manifold challenges today’s cities are facing due to climate change and urbanization such as urban heat, strained infrastructure, air- or noise pollution.
Investigating the impact of the geography and potential of re-densification and resulting energy performance of buildings and neighbourhoods. Particular foci are the interplay between the densification site and the integration of neighbourhoods into the energy system, the study of operational and embedded emissions and the impacts of densification on mobility.
Quantifying the impact of climate change and socio-technical drivers of energy demand in bottom-up and top-down cooling and heating demands simulations, ranging from local to the national scale. Integrating sources of uncertainties and climate data projections for high-resolution cooling and heating demand simulations, surrounding the diffusion of heat pumps, air-conditioning or passive cooling opportunities.
Urban water and energy systems are being redefined for a digital age, promising substantial advantages for service users and providers, and society as a whole. Besides environmental energy-water infrastructure impacts, my research interest focus on the benefits and challenges of smart systems in future smart cities and how data-driven solutions could bring about a sustainability transition.
My interests lie in urban hazards and heat waves and their impact on infrastructure systems, particularly surrounding buildings. My focus lies on climate-change-induced increases in temperature and the assessment of potential infrastructural and societal mitigation opportunities, including district energy solutions such as lake cooling, passive cooling in buildings or behavioural change.